Re: Epsom Salt FOR BATH?
Yes the Epsom Salts
in the big bag is the same as the other stuff according Dr. Harris.
>Since Epsom Salts
are not intended for internal use, I would want to
>know what contaminants they have in them before I tried out the
>M.D.-approved cheapo supplement route.
Comment: They've been using Epsom Salt
as a laxative since before you
were in diapers, Paul, and any pharmacology text will mention it in this
use (see for instance: Goodman and Gillman's The Pharmacological Basis
of Therapeutics, 7th ed., p. 998). So will the USP. The usual dose
mentioned for this purpose in adults is 15 grams, which is about
something like 1300 mg of Mg++. It may be that some manufacturers mark
their products as not intended for internal use, but that's for
liability purposes, to cut their costs, not because it is different
stuff. I'm not suggesting you take those products, but in truth since
all MgSO4.5H2O comes from the same few manufacturers, it would no doubt
be safe (a hell of a lot safer than taking dolomite which I've seen in
health food stores). In any case, the pharmacist will give you USP
if you ask.
Steve Harris, M.D.